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Educational uses of Firefox

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  • Please note that the intended audience is educators who use IE or who are new to Firefox. This presentation does not incorporate some of the tools a power user might require. Be sure you click on blue (hyperlinked) text. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/
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    • 1. Mozilla Firefox Mozilla's Firefox is a web browser. (It's like Internet Explorer, only much better for you and your students!) Make sure you click on blue (hyperlinked) text.
    • 2. Better than IE? How? <ul><li>Firefox is FOSS. </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox is full of features. </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox offers endless customization features. </li></ul>Firefox runs on Windows or Mac. Windows: 2000 or higher Mac: OS X 10.4 or higher Click here for more information on system requirements.
    • 3. Firefox is FOSS <ul><li>Free Software - “a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.” (FSF, 2007, ¶3) </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source - access to the source code under certain distribution terms </li></ul>FOSS= Free Open Source Software Free is better!
    • 4. Firefox is Full of Features <ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Full zoom </li></ul><ul><li>Spell checker </li></ul>Great for those with visual impairments! These are just a few.
    • 5. Security <ul><li>Parental controls </li></ul><ul><li>Pop-up blocker </li></ul><ul><li>Password manager </li></ul><ul><li>Phishing and malware protection </li></ul>For more information on Firefox's security, click here . The add-on, Ad Block Plus will completely remove ads from websites. (This keeps students from accidentally clicking on ads!)
    • 6. Full Zoom This becomes this. To zoom in Firefox, just hold down Ctrl and use the scroll button on the mouse.
    • 7. Spell Checker Teach students to right-click and select the correct spelling, or have them find the correct spelling on their own to make edits.
    • 8. Firefox Offers Endless Customization Features Add-ons are the cornerstone of customization, and are what really makes Firefox exceptional for education. Here are a few examples.
    • 9. Text-to-Speech <ul><li>Accessibar - also includes other accessibility features (e.g., change font and background color) </li></ul><ul><li>Parolu - for webpages written in Esperanto </li></ul><ul><li>FoxLingo - “The Ultimate Language Tool!” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Page Translation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports 52 languages </li></ul></ul>There are also 75 different language dictionary add-ons. Click here to see them.
    • 10. Calculators <ul><li>These add-ons offer an alternative to buying scientific calculators: </li></ul><ul><li>Graphing Calculator Toolbar </li></ul><ul><li>Galculator </li></ul><ul><li>Calculator </li></ul>
    • 11. Research <ul><li>Notefish - allows users to save, organize, and share snippets of web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Zotero - helps users collect, manage, and cite research sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo - social bookmarking uses the power of others' searches to improve research </li></ul>

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